Because I’m a redhead, and I have a boatload of freckles. Since I have more freckles than pennies, I’m more willing to give them out!
I am a writer who has achieved self-publication. My first solo collected works, Tilted Tales, was published December 6th, 2014, under my Author name, A.L. Sant. All the artwork in the book and on the cover is mine. This collection revolves around a fairy-tale theme, including fairies, witches, and funny smelling monsters who are misunderstood. I did not write it for a specific age group, though it does do well with most kids.
I have an upcoming children’s book I created with the very talented artist Eviayne Merami titled Timmy Tommy Tum. This is a rhyming children’s story about a kitten who doesn’t want to go to bed. The finishing touches are going into the book, and a release date is imminent. This is the first of several planned books for children that we will be doing together.
Along with novels and children’s books, I write poetry and short stories. I love the idea of sharing my adventures in storytelling with you, the reader. So look for short stories, poetry, advice, antics, and brazen opinions among my posts. I write as it comes to me, and since my move to Chicago posting on a schedule has been a huge challenge. I’m trying to be better about that, but hey, I’m human; though several of my peers vehemently argue I am part fairy. As if I would tell.
I an searching for a new writing group in order to meet other writers, and to sharpen my writing skills. Back in California I attended two regularly, but alas I have yet to meet my Chicago crowd.
Any adventures and/or advice I come across I will pass along, along with any other self-published authors I think are really worth reading (us indie folk need to stick together!). My own work aside, I have been fortunate enough to assist other writers with formatting and artwork for their books. I would love to answer any questions or offer advice to anyone working with CreateSpace, and I always give a shout-out on my twitter feed and blog page to help boost exposure. Send me an email, and I will help you out.
If you are interested in knowing where I will be next, follow my twitter feed @AuthorSant, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bear in mind it may take me a day or two to get back to you.
If you yearn to someday see your daydreams in print, then seek out other writers. Join a local writers group, or find one online. I can promise you however good you are, feedback from anyone — especially like-minded individuals — will help you grow and polish your work to it’s best. Plus, hearing criticism will help thicken your skin a bit, since you will hear it for as long you dare to dream. Remember, even J.K. Rowling and Stephen King received multiple rejections. That though helps me when I wonder if I am good enough.
Feel free to visit my website, authoralsant.com.